10/1: Fall Break! Fall Festival October 29, Spiritwear, Art by Me, and more

Have a great fall break! No School October 4-8
  • Fall Festival- October 29 – volunteers needed
  • Spiritwear on sale now!
  • Updates from Exploris
  • Art By Me fall fundraiser
  • Playdate October 15
  • Explorations- fill out the form!
  • Annual Fund
  • Arts Together
  • Crew Parents Needed
  • Thank You!
  • Birthdays
  • Important Dates
  • Middle School Clubs

Join us on October 29 for the Exploris Fall Festival!

The Exploris PTO is excited to announce a fun outdoor event for our entire school community. Get your costumes ready because this will be festive fun for our everyone! Crew Parents from each grade will sponsor an activity. If you’d like to join the Slack workspace to be on our planning team or volunteer with one of the grade levels, please email Brook at volunteer@explorispto.org or Dana at ptopres@exploris.org.

We are plannning:

  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • DJ and dancing!
  • Photo booths
  • Firepit area
  • Food Truck
  • Cornhole Competition
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Costume Parade
  • Giant Jenga
  • Raffle

and more!

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/2FQnfZQ1T

The Exploris Spiritwear store is OPEN! Purchase items online now through WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12!

We have a variety of fun Exploris t-shirts and stickers and vehicle magnets. Orders are placed online and items will be delivered to students at school.

Get your orders in now! Order here: https://exploris-school-pto.square.site/s/shop

Important Updates from Exploris
  • Middle School Parent Connection Session– Look for details in the next few weeks about our upcoming Parent Connection Session. This session will be all about the transition to HS. All families are welcome and we encourage you to bring your child along. You will get great insights, tips, and details on the different high school options available to our students.
  • Yearbooks are on sale now! The Exploris Yearbook staff is working hard on this book to highlight the 2021-22 school year. The yearbook is for all grades, K-8. Buy early for the lowest prices of the year! Buy Your Yearbook at Jostens
  • Exploris COVID Protocol Flowchart: LINK  Free Covid testing
  • Students can refer themselves to a counselor.  LINK
  • Substitute Teachers Needed – mparkerson@exploris.org

Hello Exploris families!

The PTO is promoting the ‘Art by Me’ fundraiser again this year! Our wonderful Art teachers, Jamie & Amira are helping the students to create pictures that can be applied to a large selection of products for family & friends to purchase. ( this will be in time for the holidays also! Ordering is in November and orders arrive beginning of December )

You will get to see the pictures your children have created before ordering and chose if you want to purchase items with their drawings on them. Middle school students are working on their artwork now, while elementary school students will complete artwork after fall break.

The money raised will support the PTO who helps to support our Exploris community. 

For more information visit https://explorispto.org/fundraising/art-by-me/

Playdate planned for October 15!

Hello! Would anyone like to join us for an after school playdate at Chavis Park on Friday October 15th? I have a 3rd grader and a 6th grader. We will hang out till at least 5:00pm. I would love to connect with other Exploris families. Reach out if you have questions, or just join us on the 15th after school!

Abra-  (832)566-7168 or abra.rearte@gmail.com

Explorations students learning about Raleigh Murals
Explorations – help needed for Session 2- only 4 weeks!

We are now looking for parent volunteers for Session 2 (starts on October 15th and takes us through November 19th). Session 2 is only 4 weeks in length, so if you have an idea for an Exploration, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to serve as a class helper or a sub, we would love to hear from you as well. 

If you were planning on leading an Explorations beginning October 15th, please remember to fill out the form!  form here We have had a lot of interest in leading, but as of yet do not have any additions to our Exploration leaders/class offerings via this form! Thank you and have a great fall break!!!

Here are a few other ideas from past years:

  • Cooking
  • Calligraphy
  • Minecraft
  • Keyboarding
  • Soccer
  • American Girl Doll crafts
  • Cake Decorating
  • Around the World
  • Caring for the Earth
  • Cemetery Sleuths
  • Tennis
  • Watercolors
  • Photography
  • Origami
  • Scrapbooking
  • Anime
  • Babysitting
  • Taking care of pets
  • Harry Potter
  • Hip Hop/ Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Learn the Ukulele

If you are interested in supporting Explorations, please fill out this form. We are looking forward to having a fantastic second session. It takes a minimum of 30  magical volunteers every week to make it possible! 

Please let us know if you have any questions or need help brainstorming class ideas. We look forward to having you share your talents with our students!

Thanks again, and see you soon!
Callie and Karen


DONATE HERE: https://exploris.kindful.com/

Dear new and returning families,

We are excited to kick off this year’s Annual Fund Drive. The goal, as always, is to raise $100,000 from 100% of our families. Donations can be monthly or one time, and are tax deductible.Donations make a real and meaningful contribution to our school, used for areas such as:

  • Funding the annual budget of the Parent-Teacher Organization
  • Funding grants for teachers above and beyond normal classroom supplies
  • Purchasing food for families in need
  • Filling in gaps in materials or software not covered by the school budget

Please check your Exploris emails for more information.

Thanks for reading,
Kimberly Harris
Chair, Exploris School Foundation

Discounts on After School Classes

Registration for Arts Together fall programs are live with classes for ages 3-99! Arts together is inviting the Exploris community to join us. https://www.artstogether.org/

We are offering coupon codes for Exploris students and families! Upon registration the codes below can be entered to receive a discount on program tuition.
* DANCE15: receive $15 off of a dance program
* ART15: receive $15 off of an art program
* DIX20: receive $20 off of a program held at Dix Park

We need a few more Crew Parents- please volunteer!

The Exploris PTO is still looking for a few more Crew Parent Volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year.  Our teachers need our support more than ever, please consider volunteering.

Crew Parent Information:  https://explorispto.org/about/crew-parents/

If this sounds like something you are interested in doing, please email Brooke Hedrick at volunteers@explorispto.org. Please include your name, email address and the grade your child is currently in at Exploris.  

Thank You!

THANK YOU! A special THANK YOU to all of the parents who have come in to help organize and clean the Exploris Elementary building!  The inside of the building is looking great and the staff is thrilled with their new cabinets!  

  • Angela Schlukbier
  • Sunita Murty-Gami
  • Darren Wagner
  • Jessica and Brian Roberts
  • Meghan Prewett
  • John Paul and Amy Saavedra


Wish our October Birthday babies a Happy Birthday!

  • 10/1 – Adrian Findlay
  • 10/15 – Michelle Butterworth
  • 10/16 – Carol Evens
  • 10/29 – Matt Moreland
  • 10/29 – Jacquetta Zimmerman

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

  • Tuesday, October 19- Elementary School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 20 – Middle School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 20- General PTO Meeting, 6:30pm on Zoom
  • Friday, October 22 – Teacher Workday for Portfolio Conferences
  • Friday, October 22 – Photo shoots – family mini sessions.  Sign-up Genius link
  • Friday, October 29- Fall Festival! 5-8pm at Exploris Elementary Campus
  • Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day – Holiday
  • Friday, November 12 – Flex Day – ASYNCHRONOUS FOR STUDENTS
  • Friday, November 19 – End of First Trimester
  • Monday, November 22 – Tuesday November 23 – Teacher Workday
  • Friday, Nov 19 (3:15pm)- Monday, Nov 29 (8am) – Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 17 – Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break – Friday Dec 17 (12:15pm) – Tuesday, Jan 4 (8am)

Middle School Clubs:

If you would like to submit information for a PTO blog post, please email your text (copy ready), photos, and links to Dana Deaton at news@explorispto.org.

Thanks for reading and have a great fall break!